Great Summer Foods To Lighten Your Meals

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  1. Kate

    Kate Administrator
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    With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start taking a look at your meal plan and assessing all the foods that you’re eating on a daily basis. With so many new foods coming out now that the season has arrived, you can easily start replacing some of the higher calorie choices you used to be making with some lighter fare.
    This will not only give you a great change of pace, but also help to keep your calorie intake lower as well.
    Let’s take a look at a few delicious summer foods that you should incorporate into your dishes.


    It’s the time of year for melons and these can be served up in a number of different ways. Consider incorporating melons into your main course meal or using them as a sweet dessert to finish things off.
    Melons also work great slightly frozen as a cool treat on a hot summer’s day or can even be added into your protein smoothies as well.
    They’re all rich in vitamin C, relatively low in calories, and will be a very healthy addition to your diet plan.


    Moving along, cucumbers are the next great summer food option that you’ll want to consider. Cucumbers have an incredibly high water content, making them very low in calories for the amount that you could consume.
    In fact, you literally don’t even have to count the calories that you take in from cucumbers if you don’t want to because they really won’t add up to anything significant.
    Cucumbers can be served in salads or else raw on the side.

    Summer Squash

    Summer squash is the next of the summer foods to consider adding into your diet plan. Summer squash is lower in calories than many complex carbs and will provide you with a great source of fiber to keep your hunger levels down lower.
    Summer squash can be baked, microwaved, or even barbequed if you’re really looking for something unique and original, so get creative and see what you can come up with.

    Fresh Fish

    Finally, the last great summer food to add into your diet this season is fresh fish. If you can get out and catch your own fish – all the better. If not, then store bought fresh fish will work as well.
    Try and use a mixture of higher fat containing fish such as salmon and mackerel which will supply you with a potent dose of omega-3 fats as well as very low fat fish varieties such as cod, perch, or trout.
    This will give you good balance with your calorie intake and ensure you’re staying where you need to be.
    Keep these points in mind. If you can make smart food choices this summer, weight loss will be a breeze and you’ll be feeling better than ever in your swim suit.
    #1 Apr 13, 2012
  2. Jeana

    Jeana New Member
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    Jun 29, 2012
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    Thumbs up for the fresh fish!

    #2 Jun 29, 2012

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